ENGLISH The heart of a champion
Diego Zaidle is a humble young man, a quiet 13-year-old whose eyes light up when speaking about his passion – Motocross. Diego has only been participating in the sport for a little over a year, but has already become state champion in his age group and has begun racking up national victories as well.
Diego said racing around the track – as often airborne as on the ground – can be scary at times, but, he told La Semana, “It’s worth it.”
Diego has taken a few spills while honing his riding skills, but nothing he couldn’t get back up from. “No broken bones yet,” he said with pride.
Diego became state champ in 2016, during his first year participating in the sport. He competed against more than 20 other riders to win the title.
In addition to the state championship, in 2016 Diego came in first in two tournaments and third in another, and this year he has also won in national competition. He said he likes winning, but more than that he enjoys the challenge and the friendships he has made along the way.
Diego’s parents acknowledge that they worry a little to see him travel at such high speeds, but they have faith in his skill and training and admire how participating in the sport is helping him grow as a person.
“He’s doing better –really well – in school, and has developed more confidence in himself,” his mother observed.
Diego also said motocross has helped him in his academics, partly because he knows if he finishes all his school work and does well he will have more time to be back on his motorbike chasing thrills during the weekend.
Diego encourages others who may be considering taking up the sport to put aside any worries and just do it.
“It looks dangerous but it’s not that bad once you get out there,” he said. “You’re going to crash a lot, but you can’t be scared of getting hurt or you’re not going to become one of the best.”
La Semana congratulates state motocross champion Diego Zaidle, a natural talent with the heart of a winner. (La Semana)